Primary Project : Summaries
Summary prepared by Fielding M. McGehee, III. If you use this material, please credit The Jonestown Institute. Thank you.
Tape Number : Q 432
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FBI Catalogue Miscellaneous
FBI preliminary tape identification note: Labeled in part “10/1/78 Entertainment”
Date cues on tape: Reference to Proposition 13 consistent with tape ID note
Public figures/National and international names:
Lyndon Johnson, former U.S. president
Daniel Ellsberg, Defense Department worker who leaked Pentagon Papers
Robert McNamara, former Secretary of Defense
Dean Rusk, former Secretary of State
General Maxwell Taylor
General William Westmoreland
Salvador Allende, assassinated president of Chile
Victor Jara, Chilean singer, killed after 1973 coup
George Jackson, imprisoned Black Panther
Martin Luther King, slain civil rights leader
Patrice Lumumba, assassinated Prime Minister of Zaire
Malcolm X, black activist with Nation of Islam
Harriet Tubman, black activist, organized underground railroad
Ethel Rosenberg, executed U.S. spy
Julius Rosenberg, executed U.S. spy
Mike Prokes (speaks)
Jose Simon (speaks)
Peter Wotherspoon (speaks)
Bible verses cited: Unidentified male during skit: “The Lord says you’ve got to render unto Caesar that which is of Caesar and you’ve got to render under God that which is of God.” (Matthew 22:21, “Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.” See also Mark 12:17 and Luke 20:25)
(This tape was transcribed by Vicki Perry. The editors gratefully acknowledge her invaluable assistance.)
A number of Jonestown residents perform skits and sing songs for the community. The lyrics of the songs – including “A Simple Song of Freedom” by Bobby Darin, “Yesterday” by Paul McCartney, “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke, and “The Internationale” – are adapted to reflect their own beliefs and understandings of political philosophy. The skits are statements of the oppressed people of the world, most likely written by the performers themselves.
A recording of an entertainment session by the people of Jonestown.
Differences with FBI Summary:
The summary is accurate and meets the FBI’s purposes.
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